Oct. 15, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – It was a big week for new Patriot League members Boston University and Loyola Maryland, as the two combined to sweep the four weekly honors on Monday.
The Terriers and Greyhounds were in action over the last seven days along with American and Holy Cross. The Eagles were part of a two-day meet that spanned Washington and Baltimore and also included Loyola Maryland. Holy Cross was on the road at Fairfield, while Boston University headed west to visit Massachusetts.
The League almost had its first NCAA qualifying time of the season. BU rookie Austin Dickey narrowly missed an NCAA B time in the 100-yard breaststroke in the meet against the Minutemen. Dickey didn’t come away empty handed, as he left Amherst, Mass., with a race win and a new pool record.
Patriot League Notebook
BOSTON UNIVERSITY, HOLY CROSS SETTLE FOR SPLITS
Both the Patriot League’s New England schools saw mixed results over the weekend in the pool. The Crusader men earned a 151-146 victory at Fairfield, while the women dropped a 159.5-135.5 decision at the Stags. The Terriers went to Massachusetts and won 186-105 in the men’s competition, while the women narrowly fell 155-145. It was BU's second dual meet of the season and the first for the Crusaders. Both teams are back in action this week.
THE WAITING IS THE HARDEST PART
Several teams have yet to open their competition schedules, although their first meets are fast approaching. Lehigh’s opening weekend is a busy one, as the Mountain Hawks head to West Chester on Friday, Oct. 25 before returning home a day later to host Rider. Meanwhile, Lafayette heads to Baltimore on Saturday, Oct. 26 to open its campaign in a quad meet hosted by Loyola that will include Drexel and Seton Hall. The last team to open will be Colgate, which visits League foe Lehigh on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Preseason favorite Navy has its first meet of the season Friday at UMBC beginning at 4 p.m. The Mids were scheduled for a tri-meet on the first weekend of the season against George Mason and Loyola, but it was canceled because of the government shutdown. Elsewhere this weekend, American visits Howard on Friday, while Army hosts Massachusetts, Bucknell visits George Washington, Boston University heads to Brown for a tri-meet with Rhode Island, and Holy Cross competes for two days at the New England Catholic Invitational.
BACK TO LEJEUNE
Bucknell and Navy continue to trade off hosting duties for the Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships, with the Mids taking the honors in 2014. Lejeune Hall will serve as the site of the newly-expanded 10-team championship from Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 19-22 in Annapolis, Md.
MORE TEAMS, ANOTHER DAY
The Patriot League’s expansion to 10 schools with the additions of Boston University and Loyola Maryland means that the swimming and diving championships will grow also. What has traditionally been a three-day meet spanning Thursday to Saturday will expand to four starting with the 2014 edition hosted in Annapolis, Md. While the exact order of events has yet to be officially announced, the duration of the championship increases by one day with festivities beginning on Wednesday.
NAVY TOPS PRESEASON POLLS
Coming off its second straight sweep at the Patriot League Swimming and Diving championships, Navy was named the favorite in the 2013 preseason poll of the head coaches and sports information directors who could not cast ballots for their own teams.
Both Mid teams topped their respective voting with 160 points and 16 first-place votes. In the men’s poll, League newcomer Boston University took second with 141 points and three first-place votes, while 2013 championship runner-up Army was third with 137 points and the last remaining first-place ballot.
Bucknell came in fourth with 110 points, with Lehigh close behind with 100 points to take fifth. The League’s second newcomer, Loyola Maryland, finished sixth in the men’s voting with 68 points, while American (seventh, 60 points), Colgate (eighth, 57), Lafayette (ninth, 49) and Holy Cross (10th, 18) rounded out the men’s balloting.
Just as in the men’s poll, the Terriers claimed second in the women’s balloting with 140 points and four first-place votes. Third place went to Bucknell with 127 points, while Colgate claimed fourth with 113. Army eclipsed the century mark in points to claim fifth in the poll with 101. The rest of the poll featured Lehigh (sixth, 77 points), Loyola (seventh, 76), Lafayette (eighth, 49), American (ninth, 39) and Holy Cross (10th, 18).
Patriot League Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards (10.7-10.13)
MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
AUSTIN DICKEY, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., Gaithersburg, Md.
Dickey's efforts helped the Terriers capture a 186-105 win at Massachusetts on Saturday. He set the pool record with a winning time of 55.62 in the 100-yard breaststroke, narrowly missing out on matching the NCAA B-cut clocking by 23-hundredths of a second and missing out on the school record by 48-hundredths. He added silver in the 200 breast with a time of 2:08.97, and was part of BU's victorious 200 medley relay (1:33.21).
FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
CAITLIN CRONIN, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., Kingston, Mass.
Cronin led the Greyhounds by capturing gold in the 50- and 100-yard free races and picking up a pair of runner-up finishes during Loyola's strong showing in a quad meet over the weekend against American, Catholic and George Washington. She hit the wall in 25.01 and 53.39 to capture the 50 and 100 freestyle events, respectively, while taking second in the 200 free in 1:54.83 and second in the 200 IM in 2:11.31. She added a fourth-place showing in the 100 fly (1:00.43) to pace the Greyhounds in the unscored meet.
MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
MICHAEL BROWN, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., Timonium, Md.
In his team's first meet of the season, Brown scored 279 points to win the one-meter competition and 244.05 from the three-meter board to take second during the weekend quad meet that also featured American, Catholic and George Washington. In the three-meter competition, Brown came in second to Loyola teammate Ryan Conley.
FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
ELLE MIXA, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., St. Petersburg Beach, Fla.
Mixa completes a sweep of the diving honors for the Greyhounds after she posted a pair of top-two finishes during the quad meet against American, Catholic and George Washington. The senior won the one-meter dive with 234.22 points, and settled for runner-up honors from the three-meter board with 213 points.
BOBBY BALLANCE, AMERICAN Sr., Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
Won the 100-yard back race in the quad meet versus Loyola, George Washington and Catholic in 52.19, setting a new meet record.
JAN YBURAN, HOLY CROSS Sr., Livingston, N.J.
Paced the Crusaders with three individual wins in Holy Cross' 151-146 triumph over Fairfield. Won th e50 free in 24.94, the 100 free in 53.83 and the 100 back in 1:02.36.
MARIELLE PAVEK, HOLY CROSS Fr., Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
Swept the 50 and 100 frees in 27.86 and 1:01.15, respectively, while swimming the last leg of two winning relays in the Crusaders' 159.5-135.5 loss to Fairfield.